September 4, 2014 at 11:29 pm

Event helps Detroiters prepare for disasters

Detroit— Following record floods last month, Michigan residents are being encouraged to develop emergency preparedness plans.

Gov. Rick Snyder declared September as Preparedness Month in Michigan. As part of the declaration, the Michigan State Police held a free “Prepare Fair” Thursday at Campus Martius Park in Detroit.

State Police partnered with Quicken Loans, Do1Thing, Detroit’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management division and Opportunity Detroit to bring the fair downtown.

“The recent flooding that impacted Metro Detroit communities is a reminder that disasters can happen at any time, to anyone and underscores the importance of having an emergency plan with an emergency supply kit,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, commander of the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.

The event was part of National Preparedness Month, which urges all households to be self-reliant for at least three days in the event of an emergency, including having a dedicated supply of food, water and medications.

Attendees at Thursday’s fair learned ways to prepare before an emergency or disaster, including how to develop a family emergency plan and creating an emergency supply kit.

The Secretary of State, Department of Community Health, National Weather Service, Consumers Emergency, Salvation Army and others participated in the fair.

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Michigan State Police Sgt. Tim Ketvirtis, left, talks with Lt. Michael Shaw, as he operates a robot used to enter hazardous areas. Attendees of the third annual Prepare Fair learned how to develop a family emergency plan and create an emergency supply kit. / Photos by Todd McInturf / The Detroit News